These are my old songs.

by Nathan TR Shaw

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This is a little collection of a few of my old songs that I wanted to include in a pretty little package in Bandcamp. These were recorded between 2002 and 2008 and appear in more or less the order in which they were record over the years. The songs were recorded in various locations - various basements and rooms in houses. The exception being 'Now that our hearts have agreed' which was recorded at Cyberteknics Creative Recording in Dayton, Ohio.

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released July 19, 2014

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Nathan TR Shaw Dayton, Ohio

Nathan is from the Cincinnati Ohio area and has been playing music for 27 years. He began with piano lessons when he was 8 years old and later taught himself guitar, drums and bass. He has been writing and performing his own songs for over 15 years.

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Track Name: Long, Long Time
If I ever fell asleep tonight
then I'd have to stop thinking of you.
Its been a long time since I have been so at ease.

If I never fell asleep again
then I'd have to stop my dreaming too.
Its been a long time since I've been lost completely.

What's on my mind?
It's you I find.

All of my dreams came true
they just didn't seem to last long enough.
Its been a long, long time since I've been lost completely.

What's on my mind?
It's you I find.
Track Name: ELG
Maybe I'm just imagining what this girl has done to me,
But yesterday I fell into her so easily.
Maybe she's just innocent - she doesn't mean a thing
but every touch turns me inside out and upside down again.

Here's to maybes
and all things lately.
Surprise walking
and a long time talking to you.

Maybe she doesn't notice that she's almost beyond words.
Its possible that she has no clue she's beautiful.
Maybe she's not aware that she can move me without words.
It's possible that here eyes could make me fall in love with her.

Here's to maybes
and all things lately.
Surprise walking
and a long time talking to you.
Track Name: Blue Fiji
Beautiful lady.
Let's get lost in Saginaw
and maybe pay our respects to Mackinac.
Show me your smile and I'll stay with you
and you can show me ten times a day.

Sadly, she hangs her head
and twiddles her thumbs in her lap.
Madly, I've fallen for her
and thank God there's no way back

Beautiful lady, say what you will.
Let''s play that game again
You know, the one where you're always chasing me.
Let's make the night seem long
so we can sleep through the morning soundly.

Away and away and away
and away we go.
Away and away....
to the blue of Fiji
to the green of Shangri-La
to the west we're going
and thank God you're with me.

Let's spend this night in arms.
Let's hold this moment tightly.
Track Name: Here Fishy Fishy
This is a song, it won't take too long.
I'll get right to the point:
I was walking along and I saw
the most wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
creature I've seen.
You know what I mean?
Well I think that you do.
You've been down at the end of the line
when they throw you the bait and you swallow it
hook, line and sinker.

Now that you've swallowed truth
it's gets through to you:
you've been named lunch.
And when there's nothing left
take one final breath:
one to live and two to call it a day.

This is a dream, or that's how it seems.
I can't feel the tips of my fingers
they're all hard as a fin and calloused
from being as mad as an eel.
Happy as a clam - that's what I am.
I'm on to you now. I can smell your disease.
And I need you to see:
there's no point to loving half of a man, you know.

Now that the record's straight
and I'm free of bait
let's get it on.
Right before turning in
I breath free again -
once to live and twice to call it a day.

There's plenty of fish in the sea -
there's just none of them swimming to me,.
I'll remember this day
and the one that got away.

This is the plan:
I'll wade like a man until passing me by
is some mystery pike
and I'll call out a name.....
that' distorts on the waves and comes out all wrong.

Then swimming up to you
from the deeper blue....
what to do now?
When you see those eyes
let out bubbly sighs -
one to live and two to fall in love.

There's plenty of fish in the sea -
there's just none of them swimming to me,.
I'll remember this day
and the one that swam my way.
Track Name: More The Mariner
Carmel Mountaintop - a good place if your sick to be stopped -
or if your lobe has been lopped.
To ear repairers you'll talk and soon be injury free.

"The more the merrier", he says to me, but incorrectly.
We say it almost daily and chortle incessantly.
So you see, it's not 'mariner.
Not mariner.

I have a seven-day link. I had to stop and to think:
'Did I unplug the sink or is the water at brink?'
The house floats down the street.
Not mariner.

I had to stop and to think.
Track Name: Pennies
There's two bags of Orville in the microwave.
I keep time to the metronome of popping kernels.
You are only what's in the past.
In a photo finish I am second to last.

This is one day that words won't fail me.
This is solid gold deliberate.

I'm signing off this bad connection anyway,
I'm severing all ties with contentedness.
You are only a photograph
and I am only a passing fancy.

This is one day that words won't fail me.
This is solid gold deliberate.
I'm happy to see you here.

I do not appreciate this.
I do not appreciate that.
This is what you made for me.

Seal the sweet deal with licorice.
Brush off the standards and blow them away.
I can only be positive.
Overly sure of ignorance.

This is one day that words won't fail me.
This is solid gold deliberate.
This is Murphy making your life peachy.
This is rusted over pennies for me.
But I'm happy to see you here.
Track Name: The Last Place
You are the window that I want to see through,
But you're in the last place I want to be.
Turn on the radio and turn it down real low
so that I faintly hear the beat,

Warm salutations from neighbors and old friends -
but this is the last place I want to be.
So get on the highway and miss intentionally
every place that you want to see.

I could drive for miles and miles
that'd be fine by me.
I would break for anything I see.

You are the doorway that I want to go through
but you are the last face I want to see.
You are the warm sun that I want to bathe in
but you're in the last place I want to be.
Track Name: I'm a horrible valentine.
May your merry days abound.
May your sleep be warm and sound.
May your enemies be few.
And may the wind blow me to you.

If you miss me just a little bit
send a letter so the postman can tell me so.

I will pick you up at eight.
We'll go out to our favorite place.
You look ravishing today.
A perfect ten in every way.

Tell me everything about your day
and I will quietly sit and listen to you.

If you really want to love me
there's one thing that you should know:
I'm a terrible valentine.
Will you be mine tonight?

Now our time is running low.
"To the lake!" you say, "let's go."
You're a miracle to me -
one that I never thought I'd see.

If you mumble just two words to me
I will write them in a song called 'Perfect Syllables'.

If you really want to love me
there's one thing that you should know:
I'm a horrible valentine.
Will you be mine tonight?

I confess I love your candy heart.
Track Name: My poor heart
You could be disaster written on the wall.
You might not have a heart to break at all.
Two peas. Two pods.
Oh my poor heart.

You might be the last leg to kick me with.
Don't pay me favors with looks or lips.
Don't break my fall.
Don't lie to my poor heart.

Crossing wires trying hard to erase memories.
This can only end badly.

You could be sugar or nicotine.
My weakness or my bitter enemy.
My warmth, my spark.
The death of my poor heart.
Track Name: Fit to be tied.
Since misery love company
let's have him over with the wife.
You'll bake a cake and I'll make a plate
to keep their cold hearts warm.

Now fall has met an icy death.
This winter never seems to end.
When spring arrives fit to be tied
for summer to go flying by.

So take your leave from work and worry,
We'll reconvene in February
to see the stars from Albert's point of view.
I'll make a point to bless your efforts.
You won't regret a single second.
We'll set new marks for falling into love.

This is my promise to you.
Track Name: Hungry Boy
Without a meal to call my own.
No Dominos around my home.
With my eleven-year mentality just give me sugar.
Fill me up with lost of junk food.

Oh, what a hungry boy am I.
I feel my tummy ache inside.
I could sure go for some Thai.
Oh, what a hungry boy am I.

No macaroni on my plate.
No jelly smeared across my face.
Am I insatiable or is it just that I'm malnourished?
Fill me up with lots of Cheetos.

Oh, what a hungry boy am I.
I feel my empty tummy cry.
I could sure go for a pie - definitely apple.
Oh, what a hungry boy am I.
Track Name: Now that our hearts have agreed
Framing your face just so.
Only the shadows and the light can see
what I know.
This is a face just so.

Catching your words so clear.
They blow me away.
Holding you now so near.

Now that our hearts have agreed
I'm as certain as can be.

I ruin a good surprise.
Its worth it to see your smile three days soon.
Its worth it to see your green eyes.

Now that our hearts have agreed
I'm as certain as can be
that I see forever in your eyes.